The 2012 YAP MAXXI: the 5 finalists selected

MAXXI and MoMA/MoMA PS1 working together to promote and support young architects

Following the success of the inaugural year, marked by the red flowers and the hillocks of the WHATAMI installation by stARTT becoming the symbol of summer in the MAXXI Piazza, the museum starts its second edition.

Founded in New York in 2000, YAP (Young Architects Program) is aimed at young designers (recent graduates, architects, designers and artists) to whom it offers an opportunity to conceive and design a space for live summer events in the large MoMA PS1 courtyard in New York and, since 2011, in the MAXXI Piazza in Rome.

This year a new international partner joins the program: the cultural institution CONSTRUCTO of Santiago de Chile, a platform for the promotion of contemporary architecture in Latin America where, on December 15th, the winning installation of YAP CONSTRUCTO was inaugurated: Water Cathedral Project by the Chilean studio Gun Arquitectos.

Organized by MAXXI Architettura, YAP MAXXI 2012 (second edition in Rome) sees the participation of 43 designers (38 in 2011), invited by a group of more than 50 nominators (architects, university lecturers, critics and journalists). Two different juries (one for the United States and one for Italy) composed of MoMA/MoMA PS1 and MAXXI staff members and, for the first time, representatives of Constructo of Santiago de Chile, selected the respective five finalists. From the latter, in February 2012, a winner for each of the two museums will be chosen and, over the following months, will build their respective projects.

The MAXXI finalists are:
(Turin, Italy – Valentina Toscano, Stefano Verrocchio)
Salvator-John A. Liotta, Matteo Belfiore with Taichi Kuma and Yuta Ito
(Naples, Italy/Tokyo, Japan)
Rural Boxx (Sacile, Italy – Alessandro Zorzetto, Francesca Modolo, Luciano Aldrighi, Jacopo Toso, Luca Vivan)
Urban Movement Design (New York, United States / Rome, Italy – Robyne Kassen, Sarah Gluck, Simone Zbudil Bonatti)
YellowOffice (Milan, Italy – Francesca Benedetto, Dong Sub Bertin)

The MoMA PS1 finalists are:
AEDS Ammar Eloueini Digit-all Studio
(Paris and New Orleans, LA)
Hollwich Kushner (New York, NY)
I|K Studio (Cambridge, MA)
UrbanLab (Chicago, IL)
Cameron Wu (Cambridge, MA)